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All five members of the Lambert family get their due, as everybody's lives swirl out of control. Paterfamilias Alfred is slipping into dementia, even as one of his inventions inspires a pharmaceutical giant to revolutionize treatment of his disease. His stubborn wife, Enid, specializes in denial; so do their kids, each in an idiosyncratic way. Their hepcat son, Chip, lost a college sinecure by seducing a student, and his new career as a screenwriter is in peril. Chip's sister, Denise, is a chic chef perpetually in hot water, romantically speaking; banker brother Gary wonders if his stifling marriage is driving him nuts. We inhabit these troubled minds in turn, sinking into sorrow punctuated by laughter, reveling in Franzen's satirical eye:
Gary in recent years had observed, with plate tectonically cumulative anxiety, that population was continuing to flow out of the Midwest and toward the cooler coasts.... Gary wished that all further migration [could] be banned and all Midwesterners encouraged to revert to eating pasty foods and wearing dowdy clothes and playing board games, in order that a strategic national reserve of cluelessness might be maintained, a wilderness of taste which would enable people of privilege, like himself, to feel extremely civilized in perpetuity.Franzen is funny and on the money. This book puts him on the literary map. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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A well written book on the lives of an US mid-west family and "the corrections" Alfred, Enid and their three adult children go through. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sigmund Travis
I'm not a literary critic but I tend to only read books that are worth the time, and this one of them! Find out for yourself, why it was in the finals on the Pulitzer Prize list.Published 10 months ago by Crystal
I have the following confessions to make:
1) I am a writer.
2) I have not enjoyed one percent of the celebration of Franzen. Read more
In this novel, which does not pretend to be thoroughly realistic, Franzen flatly lays out what each of his creations must do. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jeff Bursey
This is a rich and complicated story of white middle-class families in the United States. The characters are very well thought out, and Franzen is good at pacing the story. Read morePublished 16 months ago by AC
Was recommended for our book club and unfortunately not many in the group actually finished it. But I have heard of others who liked it.Published 22 months ago by jaimejm
I only popped on to Amazon just now to order more works by Jonathan Franzen. I am nearly finished The Corrections and I wouldn't normally be taking such a long break from the... Read morePublished on July 28 2012 by Tunfæsk
To qualify as a bona fide reader of Franzen's new book, "Freedom", I thought I would catch up with one of his earlier works, and I am glad I did. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2010 by Ian Gordon Malcomson